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Undergraduate Course: Current Issues in Ecology and Environmental Science (ECSC10037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe central question of the course is 'what are some of the current research issues in ecology and environmental science?' This course aims to fill a niche by introducing the students to research level ecosystem and marine ecology, drawing from the cutting edge research topics currently being explored within the Schools of Geosciences and Biological Sciences. This course is useful not only to equip those wishing to pursue a career in academia, but also those who seek careers in the UK and overseas as environmental consultants, environmental regulators, conservation organisations, within forestry industry and water companies and environmental policy advisors for government agencies.

Course description Topics covered in lectures and discussions will include a broad range of current issues including: tropical ecology, climate change, species diversity and marine ecology, technology in the environmental sciences, oceanography and hydrology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written exam 0%, Coursework 100% Exam 0%
The course is assessed via two components, which count for 60% and 40% respectively of the total course mark.
(i) A class test in which six semi-short short answer questions must be answered, from a choice of eight (one from each session) 60%
(ii) An individual three-page report based on a group Problem Based Learning exercise 40%

Assessment and Feedback information . All details related to extensions procedures and late penalties can be found in the School of GeoSciences General Information Handbook.
Feedback Examples of feedback can be found here:
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students will have an increased knowledge and awareness of issues currently being researched within the School of GeoSciences and within some of our partner institutions. The course comprises eight, three hour sessions during which a researcher from a range of disciplines will present their work. Students are expected to read relevant papers (some of which may be provided in advance of the session) and to come prepared to contribute to the class discussion, and participate in exercises.
Reading List
This will be issued one week before the session in which it will be discussed.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsECSC10027 CIiE
Course organiserDr Lorna Street
Tel: (0131 6)51 7702
Course secretaryMiss Francesca Nadal Finnegan
Tel: (0131 6)50 4842
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